The Supreme Court late Wednesday afternoon rejected a request by Donald Trump to block White House records from being sent to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot.
Trump had lost efforts in two lower federal courts to block the panel from getting more than 700 pages of records.Trump had first petitioned the high court in December after the Committee first requested the White House documents from the National Archives. Citing executive privilege, Trump’s lawyers argued that the release of the documents could be “harmful” to Trump, although they did not expand on just how Trump would be harmed.
BREAKING: SCOTUS has *denied* Trump effort to block the Jan. 6 committee form accessing his White House records. Story and details TK. https://t.co/idzouWuwpH
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 19, 2022
It’s just another bit of bad news this week for Trump and his family, who are all under investigation in New York State in a case brought by Attorney General Letitia James. Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who recently became engaged to Donald Trump, Junior, have had their phone records subpoenaed by the Committee, who also have issued subpoenas to Trump’s legal team behind the 2020 Presidential election voter fraud allegations.
New: The Archives intends to turn over a tranche of Trump's White House records to the Jan. 6 committee tomorrow at 6pm, per DOJ letter. These docs weren't covered by the DC Circuit's admin stay, and SCOTUS hasn't acted on Trump's emergency request yet https://t.co/L7XAS1wiiA pic.twitter.com/8yCaVDsnFr
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) January 19, 2022
It was likely that Trump’s appeal would be denied, but Trump’s use of lawsuits to delay inevitable prosecution is well-documented.
The Select Committee issued subpoenas to Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.
The four individuals advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn election results, or were in direct contact with the former President.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 18, 2022
The ruling, which came in an unsigned, one-paragraph order, effectively kills Trump’s pending appeal in the case that centered on keeping the documents secret. Justice Clarence Thomas, a staunch conservative, was alone in indicating that he would have granted Trump’s request.
Media, new: @jaketapper reports that #SCOTUS has rejected #DonaldTrump's request to block the release of his documents. They are to be transferred to the @January6thCmte. @Arianedevogue's breaking story is being developed here: https://t.co/AiF7NUzqoo @CNN and on @CNNSitRoom pic.twitter.com/ksHzj4LibR
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) January 19, 2022
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